Leticia López of San Diego Mesa College.
Leticia López of San Diego Mesa College. Photo via sdmesa.edu

San Diego Mesa College Wednesday announced the appointments of two administrators to lead three of the school’s funding and student support programs.

Leticia López was named the Hispanic Serving Institution Program manager and Leticia Diaz was selected as director of the school’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Service and STAR TRIO programs.

Those three programs provide outreach, support and grant funding for students with disadvantaged backgrounds and to schools with an Hispanic enrollment of at least 25 percent.

“We are excited to welcome both of these leaders to important roles on our campus, and look forward to seeing how their ideas, efforts and leadership shape inclusive and equity focused programming for our students,” said Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster.

López has served as Mesa’s acting manager for two grants facilitated by the HIS Program since 2017. Prior to working in the HIS Program, López was a Spanish professor at Mesa College for 15 years. She currently serves on the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators Council and San Diego State University’s National Science Foundation RESISTE Grant Advisory Board.

Diaz is pursuing a doctorate at Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego. She is a graduate of Southwestern College, where she served at the EOPS supervisor prior to coming to Mesa College.

“Diaz has developed a passion and desire to increase awareness of the importance of higher education and student support programs and services,” according to a Mesa College statement. “Leticia is strongly moved by the power of the community college system and is interested in the overall student access and achievement of higher educational degrees.”

— City News Service